BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Munich, Germany, 02/10/2018, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
The alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW team had twice the reason to celebrate when team principal Werner Daemen’s crew won the titles in two international championships at the weekend. Markus Reiterberger was crowned Superstock European champion in the FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship. Ilya Mikhalchik clinched the title in the International German Championship (IDM).
For the BMW Motorrad Motorsport community, this makes it championship titles number five and six of the current season. Behind Reiterberger, Roberto Tamburini finished second overall in the FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship (STK1000). In the IDM, the championship spots one to three all went to BMW riders; behind champion Mikhalchik came Bastien Mackels in second, Julian Puffe in third. In addition to these successes, BMW racers picked up two wins and a total of eight podiums. You can find all results of the weekend in an overview below.
Markus Reiterberger led the FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship standings from the very first race and sealed the deal at the Magny-Cours finale. The team alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW rider was crowned 2018 Superstock European champion. Third place in the eighth and final race of the year was enough for Reiterberger to secure the title. “Reiti” has picked up a total of four wins and two third-places this season.
Roberto Tamburini (Berclaz Racing Team), who celebrated his first win of the season at Portimão two weeks ago, finished the final race in second place, just three-tenths of a second behind winner Federico Sandi. Tamburini once again set the fastest race lap and a new lap record. In the championship standings, Tamburini secured second place behind champion Reiterberger, clinching the one-two finish for BMW. In the manufacturer’s standings, BMW had already been crowned champions.
“It is just so amazing! Going into the final race, you could feel that all of us were slightly tense. I knew that I could ride relatively cautiously, meaning that nothing could happen, but you’re not involved in the technology, but the whole team did an outstanding job once again and provided me with a perfectly prepared motorcycle. I held back a lot on the first few laps because I didn’t want someone knocking me off my bike in the turmoil. Perhaps I took it too slowly there but it all worked out in the end; we finished as European champion! I’d like to thank the whole team, BMW, my family, my friends, everyone who has supported me and made this possible. I’m crazy happy to be European champion; it’s something quite special. I’m really proud of what we have achieved together.”
Magny-Cours (FRA) was the last stop in Europe for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK). Loris Baz of Gulf Althea BMW Team finished both of his home races in tenth place.
What Markus Reiterberger was to the STK1000 this year, his alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW team-mate Ilya Mikhalchik was in the International German Championship (IDM) - a hot contender for the title. At the Hockenheim finale, the Ukrainian was crowned champion. In the 14 races of the season, he finished on the top step of the podium nine times. Second and third place in the championship standings also went to BMW racers: Bastien Mackels (Wilbers Racing Team) finished second, and Mikhalchik’s team-mate Julian Puffe clinched third place overall. BMW won the manufacturer’s standings, with a huge lead of 301 points.
In the two final races, there was once again no beating the BMW riders – they secured a one-two and a one-two-three. In race one, Mackels celebrated his fourth win of the season with Mikhalchik finishing second. Then, in the second race, Mikhalchik won ahead of Mackels, with Puffe completing the all-BMW podium in third.
“I am very happy about this season, from the first to the last race. I want to say a big thank you to the entire team. It is an unbelievable feeling. I had the trust from the first race on that we can win the title with my guys – and it happened. I am really, really happy!”
For the eleventh and penultimate event of the 2018 season, the British Superbike Championship (BSB) entourage headed to the Netherlands’ “Cathedral of Speed”, the TT Circuit in Assen. Only the Superbike class (BSB SBK) competed – and the BMW S 1000 RR clinched a spot on the podium.
Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing) finished in third place in the second of the two races. In race one, Hickman only just missed out on the podium, finishing fourth and setting the fastest lap of the race. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW Motorrad) was back in action after his injury break, and finished the two races in eighth and tenth places. His team-mate Michael Laverty finished eleventh in the first race but retired in race two.
The MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship (MFJ) was scheduled to make an appearance in Okayama, Japan at the weekend. However, no races were able to take place with the event being called off for safety reasons with the threat of a typhoon.
2nd Roberto Tamburini (Berclaz Racing Team) (+ fastest race lap / new lap record)
3rd Markus Reiterberger (alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW)
6th Alessandro Delbianco (Gulf Althea BMW Racing Team)
7th Eric Vionnet (MOTOS VIONNET)
8th Jan Bühn (alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW)
9th Luca Salvadori (Berclaz Racing Team)
10th Loris Baz (Gulf Althea BMW)
10th Loris Baz
1st Bastien Mackels (Wilbers BMW Racing)
2nd Ilya Mikhalchik (alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW)
6th Julian Puffe (alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW)
7th Pepijn Bijsterbosch
15th Marc Neumann
20th Björn Stuppi
1st Ilya Mikhalchik
2nd Bastien Mackels (+ fastest race lap)
3rd Julian Puffe
8th Pepijn Bijsterbosch
13th Marc Neumann
17th Björn Stuppi
4th Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing) (+ fastest race lap)
8th Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW Motorrad)
11th Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW Motorrad)
20th Sylvain Barrier /Smiths Racing)
DNF Joe Francis (Lloyd & Jones Bowker Motorrad)
DNF Martin Jessopp (Ridersmotorcycles.com BMW)
3rd Peter Hickman
10th Christian Iddon
13th Sylvain Barrier
17th Joe Francis
DNF Michael Laverty
DNS Martin Jessopp
• BMW MOTORRAD RACE TROPHY 2018 – CURRENT STANDINGS
• BMW MOTORRAD MOTORSPORT FACEBOOK PAGE
• FIM SUPERSTOCK 1000 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP (STK1000)
• MOTUL FIM SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (WorldSBK)
• INTERNATIONAL GERMAN CHAMPIONSHIP (IDM)
• BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP (BSB)
• MFJ SUPERBIKE ALL JAPAN ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIP (MFJ)